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the floor. ms. collins: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from maine. ms. collins: i see that the senator from the commonwealth of massachusetts is on the floor. i would inquire through the chair how long she is seeking to speak. we are about to proceed to the consideration of the amendment that has been filed by senator portman and cosponsored by senator ayotte, senator heller and senator mccain. and this is a rather complicated parliamentary situation. and then there's going to be a debate. if the senator from massachusetts is going to speak very briefly, i would withhold. if she's going to speak at length, then since we have members on their way, i would proceed. if we could inquire through the chair. mrs. warren: i would tell the senior senator from maine, my plan had been to speak for less than 10 minutes, but if that's not -- if that doesn't work, i certainly will yield to the senator from maine and do what she requests -- or whatever she needs here. ms. collins: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from maine. ms. collins: i would ask unanimous conse
officer: the senator from maine. ms. collins: i ask unanimous consent proceedings under the equal be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection, so ordered. ms. collins: before the senator from oregon leaves the floor, i just want to thank him for his leadership on this bill. he did pick up the mantle from our dear late colleague, senator ted kennedy. he had worked on this issue in his home state, senator merkley had, before coming to the senate, and we have worked very closely together as this bill has been on the floor. he's been very fair, open-minded, and although we were not able to work out agreements on everything as i would have hoped, i do believe that there was a good-faith effort that was evident in the passage of senator portman's amendment, and i'm really excited that tomorrow we will be reaching final passage, and the senator, senator merkley, deserves an enormous amount of credit for his leadership. so i just wanted to thank him while he was still present on the floor and to also tell him how much i appreciated his kind words earlier today. thank you,
would yield the floor. ms. collins: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senior senator from maine is recognized. ms. collins: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, i just want to rise to thank the senator from alaska for her powerful endorsement of this bill. she is a member of the help committee and along with senator mark kirk and orrin hatch, she led the republican support for this bill when it was being considered by the help committee. i believe that the senator from alaska did an extraordinary job of outlining why this bill should pass, why it must pass. it is a matter of fairness, and it is a matter of demonstrating that there is simply no place in the workplace for discrimination. it is significant, mr. president, that most of our large businesses and many of our smaller ones have voluntarily adopted antidiscrimination policies. they have done so because they want to attract and to retain the best, brightest employees that they can find. they know that sexual orientation and gender identity are irrelevant to an individual's ability to do a good job. what counts are qual
to hearing from my senior republican colleague, senator collins. ms. collins: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from maine. ms. collins: thank you, mr. president. first, i want to commend the senior senator from maryland, the dean of the women senators, for organizing this debate today on an issue that concerns each of us, and that is the growing prices of sexual assault in the military. mr. president, i first raised my concern over the military's inadequate response to the growing crisis of sexual assault nearly ten years ago. i remember it well. it was a hearing before the senate armed services committee in 2004 at which i expressed my growing alarm about the number of sexual assaults in the military and the inadequate response by the leaders of the military to provide adequate care for the survivors and to ensure appropriate punishment for the perpetrators of these reprehensible crimes. in an exchange that i had with general george casey, i stated the military needs to be much more responsive to reports of sexual assault, particularly in the field, and to separate these
. klobuchar: thank you, mr. president. i ask unanimous consent -- ms. collins: thank you, mr. president. i ask unanimous consent that proceedings under the call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. collins: mr. president, i'm very pleased to be here on the senate floor with my friend and colleague from minnesota, senator klobuchar, as we introduce an important resolution. this month, mr. president, is national alzheimer's awareness month. alzheimer's is a terrible disease that exacts a tremendous personal and economic toll on both the individual and the family. like many families, mine has experienced the pain of alzheimer's. i know that there is no more helpless feeling than to watch the progression of this devastating disease. it is equally painful to witness the emotional and physical damage inflicted on family caregivers exhausted by an endless series of 36-hour days. moreover, alzheimer's is the only cause of death among the top ten in our nation without a way to prevent it, to cure it, or even to slow its progression. more than five million americans have alzh
. collins: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from maine. ms. collins: madam president, i rise to commend the senator from ohio for bringing forth this very worthwhile initiative which the senate passed without dissent just about an hour or so ago. his amendment is a very important amendment. what it simply says is that if an organization is exempt from enda for religious reasons, then government cannot turn around and somehow retaliate against this employer based on his claiming or her claiming a legitimate religious exemption as provided by enda, and that means that if the business or organization is entitled to compete for certain grants or contracts from the federal, state or local government, that there cannot be this subtle discrimination against the employer for claiming the religious exemption legitimately conferred upon the business under enda. and i think that's really important. we don't want retaliation or discrimination or unfair treatment on either side, and i really commend senator portman for coming forward with this amendment. i believe that it's consisten
fulfill our promises and repeal this law. i yield the floor. ms. collins: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from maine. ms. collins: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, thousands of mainers are receiving notices that their health insurance is being canceled due to obamacare. this past weekend i talked with mark pendergas, the owner of a small landscaping company who just found out that the premiums for his small business plan will jump by 54% next year due to obamacare. he can't pay that and stay competitive. and his workers can't afford it either. their share of the premium will go up by $740 next year. mark's worried that they'll simply drop their coverage and pay the fine instead. mark and his workers are not the only mainers hurt by obamacare. mrs. beatrice logan of cape elizabeth, maine, e-mailed me to express her deep concern that her family is facing an increase in their deductible from $4,500 to $12,000. moreover, she's being told that they may not be able to continue with the health care team at boston's children's hospital that has provided a lifetime of
bill and amendment number 2020, offered by the senator from maine, ms. collins, for the senator from nevada, mr. reid, are withdrawn. under the previous order, the question occurs on amendment number 2013, offered by the senator from nevada, mr. reid, for the senator from pennsylvania, mr. toomey. the yeas and nays have been ordered. the clerk will call the roll. vote: vote: vote: the presiding officer: any senators in the chamber wishing to vote or to change their vote? if not, on this vote the ayes are 43, the nays are 55. under the previous order requiring 60 votes for adoption of this amendment, the amendment is not agreed to. the senate will be in order. the senate will be in order. under the previous order, the committee-reported substitute amendment as amended is agreed to. under the previous order, cloture having been -- okay, the clerk will report the motion to invoke cloture. the clerk: we the undersigned senators in accordance with provision of rule 22 of the standing rules of the senate hereby move to bring to a close the debate on s. 8515 a bill to prohibit employment di
. and you've done so much over so many years. we will start with ms. mcmillan. thank you. thank you all for being here. >> chairman nelson, ranking member collins, i'm excited to be here today. i'm ter reese mcmillan, deputy administrator for the federal transit administration. i want to thank you for highlighting the administration's efforts to address transportation and mobility needs of america's seniors. our nation is undergoing a significant demographic shift that will profoundly affect our policies and priorities for years to come. by 2050, the number of americans aged 65 and older is projected to more than double. and the number of men and women 85 years and older could increase five-fold during that period. this population, as you observe, can face significant challenges including increased poverty, isolation and the struggle to access medical services. the department of transportation is committed to helping older americans to age in place and live with dignity in urban and rural communities alike. a key point of collaboration is the federal interagency coordinating council on
as a large part of household income expenditures. so, ms. freund, when you were talking about seniors being willing to pay the $11, is that because they understand how much a car costs them to maintain, to insure, to drive? >> senator collins, i'm not sure they understand that on any kind of a sort of conscious or cognitive level. but i do think that people truly are willing to pay for service that they need and know will help them remain independently in their homes. even our itn users who use the service very, very, very often are spending far less than it costs to support a private automobile. you know, those numbers are shocking, i know, but numbers are numbers. and reality doesn't go away. those are free consumer choices. people will willingly spend 20% of household income on transportation, and i think that -- i mean, to me, that's the big pot of gold. to me, that's not bad news. to me, that's good news. all we need to do is provide a service that they want, and they'll pay for it. >> exactly. i think that's why when one at first hears $11 a trip or $6 a trip, you think, oh, is that g
maine. ms. collins: madam president, i ask unanimous consent that proceedings under the call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. ms. collins: thank you, madam president. madam president, i'm pleased to be a long-time supporter and original cosponsor of the employment nondiscrimination act known more commonly as enda. this bill would affirm the principle that individuals in the workplace should be judged on their skills and their abilities and not on extraneous criteria like sexual orientation. back in 2002, more than ten years ago, i was proud to join senator ted kennedy whom we all remember as a lifelong champion of civil rights. as the cosponsor of enda. and i'm pleased to support this important bill again today, but i'm dismayed that so many years have gone by, more than a decade, and this bill still has not become law. madam president, it is time for us to enact this important legislation. i want to recognize the efforts of the chief sponsors of this bill, senators merkley and kirk, for taking up the cause and moving this bill forward. i also want
. president, i yield the floor. ms. collins: mr. president? the presiding officer: the senator from maine. ms. collins: thank you, mr. president. mr. president, we are about to make history in this chamber by passing the employment nondiscrimination act, more commonly known as enda. we will establish the principle that the right to work free from discrimination is the fundamental right of each and every american, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, disability, national origin, and now finally sexual orientation. it has taken a long time to get to this day. more than 10 years ago, i was proud to join a lifelong champion of civil rights, the late senator ted kennedy, as the cosponsor of enda. that was back in 2002. over the years, our country has rightly taken the stand against workplace discrimination in a wide variety of forms. it is past time that we close this gap for our lgbt employees. mr. president, the time to pass this bill has come. i want to thank senators merkley and kirk for taking up the cause and for moving this bill forwa forward. senator kirk, along with senators hatch a
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